Super Mario Kart SNES Review

Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Super Mario Kart by Nintendo.

Disclaimer: I didn’t receive a copy of the game from Nintendo for review purposes. So, this review is merely for fun/practice.

Super Mario Kart is a kart racing game that released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo. The game is often credited with creating the kart racing sub-genre. It’s also been featured on many greatest games of all-time lists.

The game puts you in control of one of 8 characters from various Mario games. Characters include Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Toad, Koopa Troopa, and Donkey Kong Jr. Even though it doesn’t say so, each character’s driving style is different. Donkey Kong Jr. for example, has slow acceleration but has a high top speed.

There are 3 vehicle classes to choose from, 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. To unlock the 150cc vehicle class you must first complete the 100cc class. Each vehicle class has various events for you to play through. The events are, Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup and Special Cup. Each cup has 5 different courses to play through, and each are based on the Mario games. There’s also a time trial mode where you can race for the best time on each course.

Super Mario Kart also features a multiplayer mode for 2 players. There are 3 multiplayer game modes including GP, Match Race and Battle Mode. GP is the same as single player but in Match Race you and a friend go one on one on a course of your choosing. Battle mode allows you and a friend to go up against each other on battle arenas. In this mode you must destroy the opposing player’s balloons using power ups.

Gameplay wise, Super Mario Kart holds up perfectly. It’s an incredibly fun game to play and it’s still highly addicting.

Graphics wise, the game has become pretty dated. At close range the sprites for each of the characters look pretty awesome but at a distance they look pretty pixelated. The same can be said for pretty much everything else in the distance as well.

The game holds up quite well in it’s audio as well. The music sounds great and it’s all quite catchy, much like in all of the Mario Kart games. Engine sounds are a little dated but they fit the game well.

Overall, Super Mario Kart is an amazing game, even to this day. It’s a game that created a sub-genre and first allowed us to play with our favorite Mario characters outside the Mario games. It still stands as one of the greatest games of all time and it’ll continue being one of my favorite racing games for many years to come. If you’ve never experienced it before (And don’t mind older games) then I highly recommend giving it a shot, it’s still a great experience.

Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, happy gaming folks!

Shaun Meyers out!

Super Mario Kart

8.7

Replay Value

9.2/10

Gameplay

9.0/10

Entertainment Value

9.0/10

Audio

8.5/10

Graphics

7.8/10

Features of Interest

  • Great Gameplay
  • Tons of Replay Value
  • Great Soundtrack
  • Tons of Courses
  • Highly Entertaining

Worth Mentioning

  • Graphics Are Pretty Dated Now
  • It's Fully Playable on the SNES9x Emulator
  • It's Also Available on the SNES Classic Edition

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